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A raisin in the sun
Lorraine Hansberry
Adult Nonfiction PS3515.A515 R3 1994b

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Hansberry's (1930-65) landmark play tells the story of the Youngers, an African American family living in a run-down apartment in Chicago, who are about to inherit $10,000 from an insurance policy following the death of the family patriarch. As their dreams clash, the family's hopes for a better life threaten to dry up like "a raisin in the sun." Over 50 years after the play debuted, its words continue to resonate as unemployment, inflation, identity theft, and corrupt mortgage brokers have shattered the dreams of many. In this production starring Rutina Wesley of HBO's True Blood and a full cast, the individual performances-e.g., that by Judyann Elder, who plays Lena (Mama)-are exceptional, but the dynamic of the cast as a whole is lacking. Lines are sometimes shouted and overacted, as if the actors are more concerned with voice projection than the content and context of their roles. Overall, a decent production of a groundbreaking play but with room for improvement. An alternate full-cast recording of this play, starring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, is available from Recorded Books. [See Audio NewsBriefs, LJ 2/1/11.-Ed.]-Valerie Piechocki, Prince George's Cty. Memorial Lib., Largo, MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Lena Younger
Age: 60
Waiting on a check from her late husband's insurance; wants a new beginning in a new house in a new neighborhood; puts a deposit on a house and gives Walter the remaining money.

Walter Lee Younger
Age: 30s
Lena's son; lives with his wife in his mother's house; wants to invest in a liquor store with his friends; given some of the insurance money by his mother.

Beneatha Younger
African American
Lena's daughter; lives with her mother; plans on attending medical school.
College student

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